Music Library Subscription Box Review + Coupon – DRINKING GOURD

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Music Library is a monthly subscription box for kids that uses children’s books about music to introduce young readers to all types of music and musicians. In addition to a new book each month, kids receive engaging items and activities and parents gain access to our subscriber’s only digital resource page. Everything is designed to supplement each book and enhance the reading experience.

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Everything was packed neatly in a simple brown box.

The box is filled to the brim and we’re really excited to see all that’s inside!

An information card is included, and it lists all the items in the box. It is also where your access code for the digital resources page can be found.

We are seeing 2 pairs of shekere and some decorating pieces.

Everything in the box!

Music Library Featured Book

Follow The Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter ($3.99)

Illus. in full color. “Winter’s story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song’s directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colors. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that’s compelling. A fine rendering of history in picturebook format.”–(starred) Booklist.  

It’s actually a history book that uses music and beautiful illustrations to relay a message.

It focuses on the early days of slavery in the United States, where many tried to escape, usually going north.  By the 1840s, there’s a group of free blacks, slaves, and white sympathizers that formed a secret network of people and places that hid these escaped slaves.

One page is for the beautiful illustration that makes the scene more understandable, while the other page contains the rhythmic texts.

Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd which actually contains directions to make their escape!

The kids love how artistic the book is in telling the story and history of the Underground Railroad.

The book is designed for kids to understand about slavery, and that there was a time that African-Americans were not free.

Here’s the song that guided the slaves to safety! I loved that the focus was on oral storytelling and wayfinding traditions.

We also love the amazingly vivid illustrations that looked like paintings in the book. It made the story easy to understand, especially for little kids.

Music Library Digital Resources

The digital resources page, which we accessed through the provided code, includes online materials and activities related to this month’s book. It explains different things: a gourd, a quail, and a constellation.

There’s also an instruction in making our own gourd shekere!

We also listened to the full version of the song from the book “Follow The Drinking Gourd”.

Music Library Printable Downloads

We also got printable activities, which are great learning supplements after reading the book.

Music Library Activity

The main activity from the box is called Gourd Shekere. The digital resources page features easy-to-follow instructions for this.

We just need to decorate the plain shekere, the box provided everything that we’ll need to finish the activity!

A shekere is a percussion instrument consisting of a dried gourd adorned with beads or cowries woven into a net that covers the whole thing.

Here’s one that my kids made, and it looks awesome!

This instrument is commonly used in West Africa and Latin America, mostly on folkloric traditions and in popular music styles.

The box also included some pipe cleaners and glow-in-the-dark star beads.

The constellation cards will serve as guides in making or forming the constellations out of the pipe cleaners and star beads.

Here’s one, and it’s the Sagittarius!

The constellation Orion is made up of 20 stars!

Here are all of the constellation cards, and we’re going to make a model for each of them!

Also, after reading the book, we can discuss the story by asking them the questions from this Discussion and Writing Prompts sheet.

There’s also a guide so the kids can write and express their ideas effectively through writing.

Here are some of the activities that the kids might want to get busy with!

My son took care of the maze, while my daughter got the vocabulary word scramble activity.

This is really a nice activity box for hours of fun and learning! I loved that Music Library didn’t shy away from a sensitive topic – and didn’t shy away from including it in a month besides February.

Books and music is a great combination which makes this subscription box really special! Kids can be easily introduced with music, concepts, and even history through different fun activities and a moving story. We love all the contents of the box, especially this month’s musical instrument, which is the shekere. Aside from the contents of the box, we’re also able to access the digital resource page which also contains more fun activities and learning! We’re excited about the next box, and I’m sure it is another box full of fun music stuff and amazing stories!

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